3rd Edition

Managing People in Sport Organizations A Strategic Human Resource Management Perspective

    264 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, Managing People in Sport Organizations is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of managing people within a strategic framework. 

    A complete textbook for any human resource management (HRM) in sport course, it explains how aspiring sport managers can get the best out of their teams and organizations, develop their professional skills, and create a sustainable performance culture. Structured around the functional flow of HRM practice – from recruitment to rewards – the book introduces every key area of people management, including strategy, planning, training, performance management and managing change. This new edition includes expanded coverage of topics such as e-HRM and post-COVID workplaces. There is also a new foundational chapter focused on the individual in the organization that sets the context for their effective management. 

    With international cases, examples and data included in every chapter, this is essential reading for any sport management student or HR professional working in sport.

    1. Introduction

    2. Strategic Human Resource Management

    3. Individuals and Diversity in Sport Organizations

    4. Human Resource Planning

    5. Recruitment and Selection for Sport Organizations 

    6. Orientation and Organizational Culture

    7. Training and Development in Sport Organizations

    8. Performance Management

    9. Motivation and Rewards Management in Sport Organizations

    10. Sport Organizations and Employee Relations

    11. Managing Change and Future Considerations in Sport Organizations


    Tracy Taylor is an internationally recognised sport management scholar and Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research, at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Tracy’s research focuses on the human elements of diversity and inclusion in sport management, the professionalization of women’s sport and sport volunteering. Tracy collaborates with scholars and practitioners from around the world and is on the editorial board of several sport management journals and advisory boards. Tracy has received the Sport Management of Australia and New Zealand Distinguished Service Award, the European Association of Sport Management’s Chelladurai Award and is a North American Society for Sport Management Research Fellow. 

    Alison Doherty is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Western University, Canada, and an internationally acknowledged sport management scholar. Alison’s research focuses on the capacity and management of nonprofit and community-based organizations for safe and inclusive sport and physical activity. She is leading or involved in projects aimed at advancing recognition and reporting of concussion in the youth sport context, a safer sport culture in high performance sport, women and gender equity in sport leadership, and the integration of newcomers through organized sport. Alison was awarded the Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award, North American Society for Sport Management, the Dr. Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for Sport Management, the Sport Management of Australia and New Zealand Distinguished Service Award, and is a Research Fellow, North American Society for Sport Management. 

    Shannon Kerwin is a faculty member in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, Canada. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of organizational behaviour and human resource management in sport. Specifically, Dr. Kerwin has looked at how personal and organizational values align to enhance important organizational outcomes and safe sport culture, how HRM practices align to produce (or stall) equitable practice, and the role of conflict in the effectiveness of volunteer boards of directors. She is a North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow and has collaborated with scholars worldwide to uncover effective practices related to managing our valuable human resources in sport.